World Bank mobilises up to US$300 million to Ebola response
The World Bank Group announced that it will mobilise up to US$300 to scale up support for the global response to the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This announcement followed the declaration by the World Health Organization that the current outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
The US$300 million will be funded through the World Banks’ International Development Association and its Crisis Response Window, to ensure the DRC returns to their long-term development path. The financing package will support the government, WHO, UNICEF, WFP, IOM and other responders to improve the frontline health response, deliver cash-for-work programs to support the local economy, strengthen resilience in the affected communities, and contain the spread of this deadly virus.
World Bank Chief Executive Officer, Kristalina Georgieva, said:
The communities and health workers on the front line of this outbreak urgently need more support and resources from the international community to prevent this crisis from worsening inside the country and from spreading across borders.
In addition, the World Bank and the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility distributed US$100 million since 2018.
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